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Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win 2018 Australian Open title

Six years ago a 21-year-old Dane named Caroline Wozniacki was ridiculed as a paper No.1, a pretender to the throne of Serena Williams, sitting atop the WTA Rankings without ever having won a Grand Slam title.

Thereafter followed a downward spiral as the young Dane battled challenges on and off the court and slowly made the climb back up the rankings to be in a position to challenge for titles. However, she never really looked close to breaking her duck on the stages that really matter, and her trip down under appeared to be more of the same as she was a point away from crashing out in the second round at the hands of unheralded Croatian Jana Fett in the second round.

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Billie Jean King named Australian Open Woman of the Year

Tennis legend and tireless human rights campaigner Billie Jean King was today named Australian Open Woman of the Year.

The accolade was announced by Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley at the announcement of #Open4All, a wide-ranging equality, diversity and inclusion initiative that will be brought to life throughout the tournament.

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Andy Murray withdraws from Australian Open

Andy Murray (GBR) has withdrawn from the Australian Open.

“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” Murray said. “I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon.”

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Serena Williams withdraws from the Australian Open

Serena Williams (USA) has reluctantly withdrawn from the Australian Open.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said. “My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

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Australian Open wildcards for Alexei Popyrin and Jason Kubler

Alexei Popyrin (NSW) and Jason Kubler (Qld) have been awarded the final two main draw wildcards into the Australian Open. Popyrin, 18, is one of Australia’s brightest tennis prospects, coming to the world’s attention after winning the junior title at Roland Garros in 2017.

The Sydneysider also won his first ITF tournament in Poland in July last year and today defeated the No.2 seed, Federico Delbonis, in qualifying for the Sydney International.

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Pat Cash and Mats Wilander celebrate 30 years since epic final

After their epic five set final at Melbourne Park 30 years ago, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash will return to the courts once again for the Australian Open Legends tournament.

In 1988, the tennis world sat up and took notice of the Australian Open at a brand new venue, then known as Flinders Park, and the final – which Wilander won 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6 – is rated as one of the all-time Grand Slam classics.

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Alex Bolt awarded Australian Open wildcard

South Australia’s Alex Bolt has been awarded a wildcard into Australian Open 2018, as excitement builds around the first Grand Slam of the year. Bolt was told the good news by Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“It’s the perfect Christmas present for me, a wildcard into the Australian Open,” Bolt said. “I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Tennis Australia for the opportunity to play another Australian Open, it’s an amazing feeling to have a wildcard into the main draw. 

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